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There’s a great international line-up for this year’s Gate To Southwell Festival in June – the East Midlands’ premier acoustic and roots events.

Headliners include one of America’s finest singer-songwriters Gretchen Peters, hugely-successful veteran Geordies Lindisfarne, BBC award-winning folkies The Young’uns, one of Ireland’s greatest singers Cara Dillon (with special guests), Danish roots stars Habadekuk, extraordinarily funky Latin ska band Dinamo from Mallorca, Truckstop Honeymoon’s bluegrass rock & roll from New Orleans, celebrated Devon guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith, acclaimed Canadian fiddlers The Fitzgeralds and 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the Year Kris Drever.

The four day festival, running from June 7th to 10th, is set in beautiful countryside between Nottingham and Newark-on-Trent, and kicks off with a special Blues Night (Thursday 7th) featuring Britain’s number one R&B band Nine Below Zero, Louisiana’s The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band and the UK’s best slide guitarist Johnny Dickinson.

There are over 50 artists performing on five stages over four days plus family entertainment, camping, food and craft stalls, ceilidhs and a beer and cider festival. For more details visit the Gate To Southwell 2018 website –

The Will Green Column

This month I have decided to write about a my experience of driving super cars. I know what you’re all thinking… can I be driving a super car at only 16?

Well it all started when my Grandad bought my brother, Oliver, and I a ‘driving gift experience’, the gift enabled us both to drive 2 cars from a selection of super cars. From a choice of an Aston Martin, F Type Jaguar, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan GTR and a Audi R8 Spyder, I chose the F Type Jaguar and Lamborghini and Oliver chose to drive a Ferrari and Lamborghini.

On the morning of our drive, we had to arrive at Donington Racetrack for 8.30am to register. We were both given a USB stick which we were told to hand to our instructor as it was used to record our driving and a DVD would be created at the end for us to buy.

Oliver was first to drive at around 9am, he looked nervous but keen to get behind the wheel. He completed 5 laps of the track in a Ferrari and returned with a huge smile on his face. Next he did a further 5 laps in the Lamborghini, he returned again with an even bigger smile on his face.

Now it was my turn, I couldn’t wait to get going, my first 5 laps was in the Lamborghini and my other 5 laps was in the F Type Jaguar. Having driven both, my clear favourite was the Jaguar, which I soon found out didn’t have dual controls so it was all down to me….maybe that’s why the comment made by my instructor was to “be careful!!!”

The final part of the gift experience is a passenger lap driven by an instructor in a car of your choice. I went first in the Ferrari, I think it took me longer to get belted in than the actual lap! It was an amazing experience, being driven at speed in a Ferrari which has got to be every car enthusiasts dream…..the only way to top it, would be for me to be driving.

Oliver went next in a Lamborghini, again his lap went in the blink of an eye but as he sped to a halt and got out, he looked thrilled to bits.

After our day had come to an end, we were able to purchase either photographs or a DVD. We chose to buy a photograph each, I had a photograph of me driving the Jaguar and Oliver had a photograph of him driving the Ferrari. These are definitely going on our wall to remind us of a truly brilliant day.

Whilst writing, I would like to thank my Grandad for treating Oliver and I to an amazing day driving cars we can only dream of owning.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my day out which I’m sure will become a childhood memory that will stay with me forever.